Though there is much common ground,
faith and tradition are not necessarily correlated.
Faith is the conviction one has in his beliefs,
while tradition is the outward representation of these
who follow the traditions of a religion do not
necessarily have great faith.
On the other hand, those of great spiritual faith
almost always adhere to the traditions.
Though not the heart of belief,
tradition does represent an important aspect of
serves to connect the adherents to the past (reminding
them of the roots and stability of their beliefs) as
well as uniting the believers through communality.
Most belief systems contain an assortment of
traditions that are briefly discussed below.
Many belief systems have a service
of some kind to remind the adherents of the joys and
obligations present in the path they have chosen.
These services are usually held at regular
intervals—the most common of which is a weekly
services often included speeches meant to inspire,
prayers or meditation meant to bring the followers
closer to the divine.
Additionally there is often some ceremonial
gesture made to rededicate the adherents to the faith.
In many religions a collection is taken up to
support the continuation of the faith.
The passing from childhood to
adulthood is often commemorated by religious tradition.
These events center around a child's openly
accepting the correctness of the religion's beliefs.
Only as adults are they able to make this
conscious decision for themselves. It is a welcoming of this new soul into the religious
community and as a result is a time of great
Marriage is another area that falls
under the auspices of religious tradition.
Here, a man and woman dedicate themselves to each
it can often be overlooked, at the heart of the ceremony
is the confirmation that both man and woman will
continue along their life as one entity devoted to the
religious beliefs they ascribe to.
Crucial to a religious belief are
the traditions that surround death.
These rituals help to ease the pain of loss and
speed the soul onto its proper place in the afterlife.
Ironically, since psychopomps exclusively handle
the process of freeing the soul from the flesh, these
ceremonies are more for the living than for the dead.
All religions must address in some form or other these three life-cycle events: acceptance, union, and death. Beyond that, religious services and celebration vary greatly.